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    Melish

    Catalog of the William P. Donlon collection of United States coins and currency. [11/23-25/1956]

    NNP-AUC-KOS30-064

    SMALL CENTS 65 1907 Brilliant proof Melish Sale 8 25 66 1907 Brilliant proof Melish Sale 8 25 67 1907 Uncirculated dull 6 pcs List 1 3 50 68 1908 Proof turning dark Melish Sale 8 50 69 1908 Lhicirculated 3 pcs 1 dull 7 00 70 1908 S Uncirculated 17 50 71 1909 Iridescent proof Melish Sale 8 25 72 1909 Proof brilliant red Melish Sale 8 25 73 1909 Iridescent proof Melish Sale 8 25 74


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    Catalog of the William P. Donlon collection of United States coins and currency. [11/23-25/1956]

    NNP-AUC-KOS30-064

    SMALL CENTS 65 1907 Brilliant proof Melish Sale 8 25 66 1907 Brilliant proof Melish Sale 8 25 67 1907 Uncirculated dull 6 pcs List 1 3 50 68 1908 Proof turning dark Melish Sale 8 50 69 1908 Lhicirculated 3 pcs 1 dull 7 00 70 1908 S Uncirculated 17 50 71 1909 Iridescent proof Melish Sale 8 25 72 1909 Proof brilliant red Melish Sale 8 25 73 1909 Iridescent proof Melish Sale 8 25 74


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    The Numismatist, November 2002

    11/1/2002 ANA Numismatist



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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    Eagle 1862 Lightly tarnished brilliant Proof Free of visible indications of handling though the specialist with a strong glass will see two small instances in the left obv field where lint remained in the die still a Mint problem Extremely rare The great Atwater collection with forty five proof Double Eagles lacked this year as did the Green Menjou Farish Baldenhofer 1955 and Melish offerings among others Considered by B Max Mehl in his 1950 Golden Jubilee Sale when in proof condition as rare if not more so than the Double Eagles of 1883 and 1884 Should break all records Plate 1863 S Medium S Just Very Fine with some lustre Weakly struck near the periphery and showing less than the usual quota of bag handling abra sions Seldom found better 1865 S


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    tiful piece displaying but minute indications of handling Valued to 130 00 1803 B 3 1 C A 4 C 1 N 461 Small stars over eagle as in 1801 arrow head very close to right side of N The sharpness and surface especially on rev of this piece give it some claims to AU but it has a hidden edge dent upon the reverse Better than the Guttag discovery piece illustrated by Adams finer than Melish s EF 1804 Only the one variety of regular issue apparently the reverse of 1803 Adams 5 Very Fine Slight rim and edge impairment the most serious defect an obverse edge dent following the eighth star Better than it sounds a very rare date not often found choice 1838 First year of the new Gobrecht type Fine to VF extensively although not seriously handled Rare type coin this head


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    The New York Connoisseur's Collection

    Numismatics; Auction catalogs

    S Collection August 2004 Lot 4368 PCGS 009444 1862 1936 Cincinnati MS 66 PCGS A lovely specimen with satiny lustre on both sides overlaid with a hint of golden toning As nice as can be Somewhat similar to the earlier discussed Boone Bicentennial half dollars the distribution of the Cincinnati Musical Center of America half dollars was done by a single individual in this case Thomas G Melish a Cincinnati industrialist Melish who was well known in numismatic circles and who later served as President of the American Numismatic Association could not resist the temptation to make a few extra dollars by dispersing false information including sold out announcements However his actions were not as egregious as those of Dunn of Boone notoriety and might be well compared to what an


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    Eagle 1862 Lightly tarnished brilliant Proof Free of visible indications of handling though the specialist with a strong glass will see two small instances in the left obv field where lint remained in the die still a Mint problem Extremely rare The great Atwater collection with forty five proof Double Eagles lacked this year as did the Green Menjou Farish Baldenhofer 1955 and Melish offerings among others Considered by B Max Mehl in his 1950 Golden Jubilee Sale when in proof condition as rare if not more so than the Double Eagles of 1883 and 1884 Should break all records Plate 1863 S Medium S Just Very Fine with some lustre Weakly struck near the periphery and showing less than the usual quota of bag handling abra sions Seldom found better 1865 S


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    tiful piece displaying but minute indications of handling Valued to 130 00 1803 B 3 1 C A 4 C 1 N 461 Small stars over eagle as in 1801 arrow head very close to right side of N The sharpness and surface especially on rev of this piece give it some claims to AU but it has a hidden edge dent upon the reverse Better than the Guttag discovery piece illustrated by Adams finer than Melish s EF 1804 Only the one variety of regular issue apparently the reverse of 1803 Adams 5 Very Fine Slight rim and edge impairment the most serious defect an obverse edge dent following the eighth star Better than it sounds a very rare date not often found choice 1838 First year of the new Gobrecht type Fine to VF extensively although not seriously handled Rare type coin this head


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    The New York Connoisseur's Collection

    Numismatics; Auction catalogs

    S Collection August 2004 Lot 4368 PCGS 009444 1862 1936 Cincinnati MS 66 PCGS A lovely specimen with satiny lustre on both sides overlaid with a hint of golden toning As nice as can be Somewhat similar to the earlier discussed Boone Bicentennial half dollars the distribution of the Cincinnati Musical Center of America half dollars was done by a single individual in this case Thomas G Melish a Cincinnati industrialist Melish who was well known in numismatic circles and who later served as President of the American Numismatic Association could not resist the temptation to make a few extra dollars by dispersing false information including sold out announcements However his actions were not as egregious as those of Dunn of Boone notoriety and might be well compared to what an


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    Eagle 1862 Lightly tarnished brilliant Proof Free of visible indications of handling though the specialist with a strong glass will see two small instances in the left obv field where lint remained in the die still a Mint problem Extremely rare The great Atwater collection with forty five proof Double Eagles lacked this year as did the Green Menjou Farish Baldenhofer 1955 and Melish offerings among others Considered by B Max Mehl in his 1950 Golden Jubilee Sale when in proof condition as rare if not more so than the Double Eagles of 1883 and 1884 Should break all records Plate 1863 S Medium S Just Very Fine with some lustre Weakly struck near the periphery and showing less than the usual quota of bag handling abra sions Seldom found better 1865 S


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    tiful piece displaying but minute indications of handling Valued to 130 00 1803 B 3 1 C A 4 C 1 N 461 Small stars over eagle as in 1801 arrow head very close to right side of N The sharpness and surface especially on rev of this piece give it some claims to AU but it has a hidden edge dent upon the reverse Better than the Guttag discovery piece illustrated by Adams finer than Melish s EF 1804 Only the one variety of regular issue apparently the reverse of 1803 Adams 5 Very Fine Slight rim and edge impairment the most serious defect an obverse edge dent following the eighth star Better than it sounds a very rare date not often found choice 1838 First year of the new Gobrecht type Fine to VF extensively although not seriously handled Rare type coin this head


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    The New York Connoisseur's Collection

    Numismatics; Auction catalogs

    S Collection August 2004 Lot 4368 PCGS 009444 1862 1936 Cincinnati MS 66 PCGS A lovely specimen with satiny lustre on both sides overlaid with a hint of golden toning As nice as can be Somewhat similar to the earlier discussed Boone Bicentennial half dollars the distribution of the Cincinnati Musical Center of America half dollars was done by a single individual in this case Thomas G Melish a Cincinnati industrialist Melish who was well known in numismatic circles and who later served as President of the American Numismatic Association could not resist the temptation to make a few extra dollars by dispersing false information including sold out announcements However his actions were not as egregious as those of Dunn of Boone notoriety and might be well compared to what an


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    The Numismatist, November 2002

    11/1/2002 ANA Numismatist

    cording to Swiatek and Breen the 1886 date on the reverse had no sig nificance other than to market a piece to commemorate the 50th an niversary of Cincinnati Ohio as a center of music The authors main tain that a more appropriate image would show Melish and a bank vault The United States Commission of Fine Arts challenged the historical facts and rejected the design but Congress approved it anyway United States Mint workers wear ing gloves put the first 200 pieces from each mint in numbered en velopes for special distribution with a signed certificate There were more collectors than the 4 800 additional sets available so prices quickly ro


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    253 1854 O Large date as on the Silver Dollars This date is quite unforgettable once seen as it fills up practically the entire space below the bust Extremely Fine beautifully struck and preserved The only other one we have seen in recent years is the VF Melish coin which went as a sleeper at 37 50 while we were out of the room A major rarity like the 1850 small date Eagle and the 1854 large date Double Eagle Each of these appears to have represented an error at the Mint Plate The discovery example of the 1854 O Eagle with large date appeared as lot 1529 in the W C Atwater collection sold in 1946 It realized 42 in spite of the fact tha


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    53rd catalog of United States coins and currency, plus a few cased sets. [06/16-18/1959].

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-071

    1689 1860 S Medium S Despite traces of old obverse cleaning this lustrous coin is better than Ex Fine and in fact is not far from Unc nearly full mint frost especially on reverse Limited mintage None in Peake or our Forty Ninth sale in any grade only inferior examples in Baldenhofer and Melish there fore presumably a sleeper 1690 1861 Shade from Uncirculated Purchased as perfect understandably in vie w of its brilliant surfaces Reverse also shov s signs of old cleaning but no real impairment Superior to either Melish example 1691 1874 Very Fine to Ex Fine flat strike lustrous Probably should be graded fully Ex Fine but has been in a bag too long Another limited mintage


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    54th catalog of United States and Canadian coins, tokens, medals and currency. [04/22-23/1960]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-074

    729 1913 S Close to Ex Fine but the reverse unfortunately cleaned Superior even so to the W G C Memorable and Melish coins Rare and undervalued only 66 000 struck and we know only one mint state example 730 1915 Brilliant Unc the usual strike fairly clean but not altogether free of bag marks This is another one hard to find records of in rnint state neither Dr Green s nor Peake s nor Melish s nor Straus s qualified at that level and others have been worse 731 1916 S A hair s breadth short of


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    253 1854 O Large date as on the Silver Dollars This date is quite unforgettable once seen as it fills up practically the entire space below the bust Extremely Fine beautifully struck and preserved The only other one we have seen in recent years is the VF Melish coin which went as a sleeper at 37 50 while we were out of the room A major rarity like the 1850 small date Eagle and the 1854 large date Double Eagle Each of these appears to have represented an error at the Mint Plate The discovery example of the 1854 O Eagle with large date appeared as lot 1529 in the W C Atwater collection sold in 1946 It realized 42 in spite of the fact tha


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    53rd catalog of United States coins and currency, plus a few cased sets. [06/16-18/1959].

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-071

    1689 1860 S Medium S Despite traces of old obverse cleaning this lustrous coin is better than Ex Fine and in fact is not far from Unc nearly full mint frost especially on reverse Limited mintage None in Peake or our Forty Ninth sale in any grade only inferior examples in Baldenhofer and Melish there fore presumably a sleeper 1690 1861 Shade from Uncirculated Purchased as perfect understandably in vie w of its brilliant surfaces Reverse also shov s signs of old cleaning but no real impairment Superior to either Melish example 1691 1874 Very Fine to Ex Fine flat strike lustrous Probably should be graded fully Ex Fine but has been in a bag too long Another limited mintage


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    54th catalog of United States and Canadian coins, tokens, medals and currency. [04/22-23/1960]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-074

    729 1913 S Close to Ex Fine but the reverse unfortunately cleaned Superior even so to the W G C Memorable and Melish coins Rare and undervalued only 66 000 struck and we know only one mint state example 730 1915 Brilliant Unc the usual strike fairly clean but not altogether free of bag marks This is another one hard to find records of in rnint state neither Dr Green s nor Peake s nor Melish s nor Straus s qualified at that level and others have been worse 731 1916 S A hair s breadth short of


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    253 1854 O Large date as on the Silver Dollars This date is quite unforgettable once seen as it fills up practically the entire space below the bust Extremely Fine beautifully struck and preserved The only other one we have seen in recent years is the VF Melish coin which went as a sleeper at 37 50 while we were out of the room A major rarity like the 1850 small date Eagle and the 1854 large date Double Eagle Each of these appears to have represented an error at the Mint Plate The discovery example of the 1854 O Eagle with large date appeared as lot 1529 in the W C Atwater collection sold in 1946 It realized 42 in spite of the fact tha


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    53rd catalog of United States coins and currency, plus a few cased sets. [06/16-18/1959].

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-071

    1689 1860 S Medium S Despite traces of old obverse cleaning this lustrous coin is better than Ex Fine and in fact is not far from Unc nearly full mint frost especially on reverse Limited mintage None in Peake or our Forty Ninth sale in any grade only inferior examples in Baldenhofer and Melish there fore presumably a sleeper 1690 1861 Shade from Uncirculated Purchased as perfect understandably in vie w of its brilliant surfaces Reverse also shov s signs of old cleaning but no real impairment Superior to either Melish example 1691 1874 Very Fine to Ex Fine flat strike lustrous Probably should be graded fully Ex Fine but has been in a bag too long Another limited mintage


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    54th catalog of United States and Canadian coins, tokens, medals and currency. [04/22-23/1960]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-074

    729 1913 S Close to Ex Fine but the reverse unfortunately cleaned Superior even so to the W G C Memorable and Melish coins Rare and undervalued only 66 000 struck and we know only one mint state example 730 1915 Brilliant Unc the usual strike fairly clean but not altogether free of bag marks This is another one hard to find records of in rnint state neither Dr Green s nor Peake s nor Melish s nor Straus s qualified at that level and others have been worse 731 1916 S A hair s breadth short of


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    55th catalogue of United States, Latin American, and foreign gold coins. [12/07-08/1960]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-076

    1097 1850 O Large date Very Fine or better Not common at all Mintage 57 500 1098 1851 High date Better than Very Fine lustrous Cf Melish 2413 1099 1851 O Sharpness better than VF but rough lightly scratched heavily nicked black tarnish probably from having been in a fire Not as bad as it sounds 1100 1852 O Mintmark centered over EN as in Melish 2417 Very Fine lustrous excellent for the grade At least equal to the Melish coin Rare Mintage 18 000 1101 1853 Normal date Ex Fine brilliantly lustrous from a d


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    55th catalogue of United States, Latin American, and foreign gold coins. [12/07-08/1960]

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    1217 1870 S Very small S Fine to VF As such equal to the piece in our Forty Ninth sale or a trifle better Superior to the Dr Green Menjou Melish examples or most others we have seen there have not been many 1218 1872 S Small S above r upright of N cf Melish 939 Mostly Very Fine Even harder to find than the last 1219 1873 Open 3 Date to r Close to Extremely Fine lustrous somewhat bag marked 1220 1873 Open 3 Date more to left 1 very close to both truncation and border Mostly Very Fine reverse sharper than obverse 12


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

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    125 Another This one with a microscopic thin 5 over right serif of N three arrows Also Ex Fine the obverse weakly struck and once cleaned More attractive than the last and well worth 60 00 126 1874 About Ex Fine Two small abv nicks at the point of Liberty s bust a reverse rim nick Uncommon date 366 800 made in all Superior to Dr Green s Menjou s or Melish s circulated examples 127 1874 S Mintmark first cut low then partly effaced and recut higher Very Fine Unusual variety 128 1875 Strictly Very Fine and exceptionally clean Attractive enough to make partly understandable the temerity of the dealer wha represented this as Unc Limited mintage smaller than 1874 and about one quarter the aver age Menjau had a Fine one Melish s wasn t


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    213 1920 Abt Unc Brilliant some evidence of handling especially upon the ob verse Really scarce Memorable at 100 Menjou at 135 against a 125 estimate Melish could boast only a VF example and it went at 65 00 214 1922 Close to Unc The slightly sharper Melish coin realized 95 over a year ago 215 1923 D Brilliant Unc A few minute bag marks upon the reverse but the obverse approaches gem grade A common date but hardly common so choice Memorable sale 57 50 Peake 55 Melish coll 52 50 for com parable specimens 216 1924 Choice


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    1890 Atwater pieces and to the Melish example of this die Better than the Ten Eyck 1922 specimen long considered tops among several others Lacking in the famous Stickney coll 1907 as well as the recent Davis Graves Dr Clifford E Smith 1955 offerings The J F Bell lot brought 595 VV G C and Atwater both 525 Menjou s 500 Balden hofer s first 525 also and Melish s 560 00 Plate References listed are to


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    l Very Good Worth 35 00 409 1845 Normal date also known with re engraved date Fine to VF but relatively clean for the grade Comparable to the Wharton Golden Jubilee and Menjou coins 410 1846 Small date figures thin and narrow spaced 18 4 6 About Very Fine reverse rim nick Of the greatest rarity Only two auction records known to us the first W G C estimated 50 Unc second Melish 2021 EF which we bought for 41 and promptly sold for a much higher figure Potentially a 100 item VF we have looked at over one hundred 1 846 s without finding another one Plate 411 1846 D Double D Mintmark first cut too high crowded into feathers and stem then recut low more than half its height lower Almost Uncirculated bright and attractive From Elder s sale of Nov 20 1920


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    712 Similar The much rarer type with Upright 5 Brilliant Unc Comparable to the Melish example which displayed strength in the right directiori at 25 At water Dr Green Kern Menjou and Graves had only VF specimens This is just beginning to come into its own even though the red book continues to list it at the same price Unc as the far commoner Slanting 5 In our opinion well worth 37 50 The Very Rare 1856 D Gold Dollar 713 1856 D Upright 5 as always Just short of


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    125 Another This one with a microscopic thin 5 over right serif of N three arrows Also Ex Fine the obverse weakly struck and once cleaned More attractive than the last and well worth 60 00 126 1874 About Ex Fine Two small abv nicks at the point of Liberty s bust a reverse rim nick Uncommon date 366 800 made in all Superior to Dr Green s Menjou s or Melish s circulated examples 127 1874 S Mintmark first cut low then partly effaced and recut higher Very Fine Unusual variety 128 1875 Strictly Very Fine and exceptionally clean Attractive enough to make partly understandable the temerity of the dealer wha represented this as Unc Limited mintage smaller than 1874 and about one quarter the aver age Menjau had a Fine one Melish s wasn t


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    213 1920 Abt Unc Brilliant some evidence of handling especially upon the ob verse Really scarce Memorable at 100 Menjou at 135 against a 125 estimate Melish could boast only a VF example and it went at 65 00 214 1922 Close to Unc The slightly sharper Melish coin realized 95 over a year ago 215 1923 D Brilliant Unc A few minute bag marks upon the reverse but the obverse approaches gem grade A common date but hardly common so choice Memorable sale 57 50 Peake 55 Melish coll 52 50 for com parable specimens 216 1924 Choice


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    1890 Atwater pieces and to the Melish example of this die Better than the Ten Eyck 1922 specimen long considered tops among several others Lacking in the famous Stickney coll 1907 as well as the recent Davis Graves Dr Clifford E Smith 1955 offerings The J F Bell lot brought 595 VV G C and Atwater both 525 Menjou s 500 Balden hofer s first 525 also and Melish s 560 00 Plate References listed are to


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    l Very Good Worth 35 00 409 1845 Normal date also known with re engraved date Fine to VF but relatively clean for the grade Comparable to the Wharton Golden Jubilee and Menjou coins 410 1846 Small date figures thin and narrow spaced 18 4 6 About Very Fine reverse rim nick Of the greatest rarity Only two auction records known to us the first W G C estimated 50 Unc second Melish 2021 EF which we bought for 41 and promptly sold for a much higher figure Potentially a 100 item VF we have looked at over one hundred 1 846 s without finding another one Plate 411 1846 D Double D Mintmark first cut too high crowded into feathers and stem then recut low more than half its height lower Almost Uncirculated bright and attractive From Elder s sale of Nov 20 1920


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    712 Similar The much rarer type with Upright 5 Brilliant Unc Comparable to the Melish example which displayed strength in the right directiori at 25 At water Dr Green Kern Menjou and Graves had only VF specimens This is just beginning to come into its own even though the red book continues to list it at the same price Unc as the far commoner Slanting 5 In our opinion well worth 37 50 The Very Rare 1856 D Gold Dollar 713 1856 D Upright 5 as always Just short of


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    125 Another This one with a microscopic thin 5 over right serif of N three arrows Also Ex Fine the obverse weakly struck and once cleaned More attractive than the last and well worth 60 00 126 1874 About Ex Fine Two small abv nicks at the point of Liberty s bust a reverse rim nick Uncommon date 366 800 made in all Superior to Dr Green s Menjou s or Melish s circulated examples 127 1874 S Mintmark first cut low then partly effaced and recut higher Very Fine Unusual variety 128 1875 Strictly Very Fine and exceptionally clean Attractive enough to make partly understandable the temerity of the dealer wha represented this as Unc Limited mintage smaller than 1874 and about one quarter the aver age Menjau had a Fine one Melish s wasn t


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    213 1920 Abt Unc Brilliant some evidence of handling especially upon the ob verse Really scarce Memorable at 100 Menjou at 135 against a 125 estimate Melish could boast only a VF example and it went at 65 00 214 1922 Close to Unc The slightly sharper Melish coin realized 95 over a year ago 215 1923 D Brilliant Unc A few minute bag marks upon the reverse but the obverse approaches gem grade A common date but hardly common so choice Memorable sale 57 50 Peake 55 Melish coll 52 50 for com parable specimens 216 1924 Choice


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    1890 Atwater pieces and to the Melish example of this die Better than the Ten Eyck 1922 specimen long considered tops among several others Lacking in the famous Stickney coll 1907 as well as the recent Davis Graves Dr Clifford E Smith 1955 offerings The J F Bell lot brought 595 VV G C and Atwater both 525 Menjou s 500 Balden hofer s first 525 also and Melish s 560 00 Plate References listed are to


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    l Very Good Worth 35 00 409 1845 Normal date also known with re engraved date Fine to VF but relatively clean for the grade Comparable to the Wharton Golden Jubilee and Menjou coins 410 1846 Small date figures thin and narrow spaced 18 4 6 About Very Fine reverse rim nick Of the greatest rarity Only two auction records known to us the first W G C estimated 50 Unc second Melish 2021 EF which we bought for 41 and promptly sold for a much higher figure Potentially a 100 item VF we have looked at over one hundred 1 846 s without finding another one Plate 411 1846 D Double D Mintmark first cut too high crowded into feathers and stem then recut low more than half its height lower Almost Uncirculated bright and attractive From Elder s sale of Nov 20 1920


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    712 Similar The much rarer type with Upright 5 Brilliant Unc Comparable to the Melish example which displayed strength in the right directiori at 25 At water Dr Green Kern Menjou and Graves had only VF specimens This is just beginning to come into its own even though the red book continues to list it at the same price Unc as the far commoner Slanting 5 In our opinion well worth 37 50 The Very Rare 1856 D Gold Dollar 713 1856 D Upright 5 as always Just short of


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    55th catalogue of United States, Latin American, and foreign gold coins. [12/07-08/1960]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-076

    some prooflike surface Lightly bag marked Though price records so far have not indicated recognition of the fact this is possibly the rarest of all double eagles save for 1849 1861 Paquet and 1933 only five specimens being known to us and this is the second finest of them Plate Mintage only 2 250 The other four are in the Amon Carter the finest and Ehas berg collections together with Melish 888 and the miserable cleaned coin in one of our Numisma auctions some years ago Other claimants to rarest title are represented by seven or more specimens this includes all the proof only dates 1854 O 1870 CC and 1861 S Paquet Of the extremely high relief St Gaudens lately quoted to 25 000 we can trace at least ten 1859 Very Fine plus lightly and extensively bag marked Ac


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    55th catalogue of United States, Latin American, and foreign gold coins. [12/07-08/1960]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-076

    ance very lightly bag marked Die description Crack from final 8 to truncation then vertically through back hair turning r to border above 10th star another crack from border to 8th star to bor der another from border to 4th star to border another from bust up through field to chin through face and out to 6th star to edge a branch from 6th star to coronet point Later state of dies of Melish 2040 1848 C Very Fine or so reverse a little weaker lightly but not seriously bag marked Usual strike or worse possibly what looks like wear on this coin is partly weak striking 1848 D VF to EF the usual strike lustrous less bag marked than usual The much inferior R S Brown coin brought 42 00 Obverse like Melish 2047 with smalt weak stars crack through 11th and 12th stars a


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    145 1884 S Just about Uncirculated A bright and exceptionally clean example though not completely perfect Better than many including the Atwater Memorable 1 948 Green and Menjou coins 146 1884 CC Fully Very Fine Coinage of only 81 139 pieces A trifle choicer than Melish s Peake had none 147 1885 S Ex Fine Lustrous although in need of cleaning The reverse almost completely free of handling marks Above average The Extremely Rare 1887 Proof Double Eagle 148 1887 Magnificent brilliant Proof Just about worthy of the ultimate accolade of Superb Extremely rare the total mintage all proofs limited to 121 coins Finer than the Melish example at 875 o


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    ieties mostly types of the Head Right 33 496 struck 367 1 808 Perfect date wide 5 D C 2 Rarity 2 Extremely Fine Minor signs of handling mainly upon the obverse device and rim Lustrous and desirable Far better than the recently sold Donlon lot and several others Ex Mehl The perfect date also though very rarely comes with close 5D not known so to Clapp or Newcomer Cf W G C 353 Melish 1916 368 1809 8 C 1 Rarity 2 Very Fine plus and a very attractive coin for the grade Faint adjustment marks a trifling rim nick at the bottom of the obverse Valued to 60 Same source as the last two Clapp and Newcomer knew only this variety The perfect date coins e g W G C 356 may be from the same obverse die now worn down We have never seen one from un equivocally different


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    cally from eighth star down through 6 Really rare 1837 Large date small 5 berry on branch C 1 About Very Fine Unfortunately this cain has several small reverse nicks three of the most serious ones upon the top rim A decidedly uncommon date 1837 Large date large 5 berry on branch C 2 A hair s breadth from Unc brilliant and choice Not quite equal to the W G C example at 37 50 Melish s at 33 Choice specimens of this date if auction records are any criterian are few and far between There is a third variety of 1837 Clapp 3 with small date and without berry It is of extreme rarity not over three or four pieces being known to us 1838 Small 5 broad leaves large arrowheads as in 1837 TES close C 1 Just about Ex Fine quite lustrous The only Unc one we ever saw


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    d item showing some mint brilliance Clean except for a border nick upon either side two or three minor reverse marks At any rate Dunham Roach Atwater Mason Williams Menjou and Dr Smith all had inferior examples 596 1845 Reverse die cracked Almost Very Fine somewhat mishandled Ex Mehl at 12 50 years ago 597 1845 D Better than Ex Fine fully lustrous Far far superior to the Melish or Gaskill coins and to among others those in the Hall Wharton Dr Green and Menjou offerings Worth 30 35 under the circumstances 598 1846 O Last two numerals in date crudely cut Very Fine bright but a flat strike like the Gaskill lot Minute reverse rim nick Seldom found as choice much less better 599 1847 In date 1 and 7 touch above the reverse die cracked down to O in OF


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    w mintage of 10 800 would imply Lacking in many offerings including the Lee Memorable and Dr Green 1865 S Date faintly re engraved the same reverse die as last now showing evidence of extensive use hully Very Fine The obverse border with a small defect between the first and second stars minor signs of handling upon the obverse rim Really scarce choice and worth 25 so 1866 S Melish s low date variety letter S held between feather and frac tion bar About Very Fine dull The obverse die cracked from chin to border Clean except for a few reverse rim and border defects Superior to the Melish coin not in Geiss Dr Green Donlon Ex Clapp 1867 S Wing tip at left and UNITED STATES OF plainly re engraved Fine to V Fine two reverse handling marks at AM of AMERICA


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    The Philadelphia Americana Sales



    CGS 9443 5376 1936 Cincinnati Music Center PDS Set A PCGS certified set 1936 MS 66 dusted with pale silver iridescence 1936 D MS 65 similar in appearance to the preceding example although the toning is a bit deeper in appearance and a 1936 S MS 65 with handsome copper russet iridescence splashed about the peripheries Total 3 coins This particular set was the pet project of Thomas Melish a Cincinnati industrialist who had good connections to con gress He dreamed up the idea of having a commemorative made for Cincinnati but was not able to find any anniversa ry so he contrived that 1 886 1 936 represented the 50th year of Cincinnati as a musical center of America The trouble is that a search through Cincinnati newspapers and directo ries has found nothing memorable that


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    The Richard Jewell Collection

    Numismatics; Auction catalogs

    The two coin holder is de signed and imprinted for display of one obverse and one reverse and notarized two coin sets are significantly rarer than their single coin counterparts though none are seen with any frequency The holder and certificate are nicely preserved though a slight rust mark from a paperclip is detected on the back Boldly numbered and signed It is interesting to note that Melish wrote to dealer Walter P Nichols on July 31 1936 less than one week from the delivery date of coin 14 above the following message The Cincinnati sale was a complete landslide and tremendously oversubscribed You may be interested in knowing that 25 000 Cleve land coins struck at the Philadelphia mint none were made at the other mints reached us only a few days ago and already over 24 000


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    145 1884 S Just about Uncirculated A bright and exceptionally clean example though not completely perfect Better than many including the Atwater Memorable 1 948 Green and Menjou coins 146 1884 CC Fully Very Fine Coinage of only 81 139 pieces A trifle choicer than Melish s Peake had none 147 1885 S Ex Fine Lustrous although in need of cleaning The reverse almost completely free of handling marks Above average The Extremely Rare 1887 Proof Double Eagle 148 1887 Magnificent brilliant Proof Just about worthy of the ultimate accolade of Superb Extremely rare the total mintage all proofs limited to 121 coins Finer than the Melish example at 875 o


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    Forty-ninth catalog of rare coins, medals, currency. [06/12-13/1957]

    NNP-AUC-NEW40-061

    ieties mostly types of the Head Right 33 496 struck 367 1 808 Perfect date wide 5 D C 2 Rarity 2 Extremely Fine Minor signs of handling mainly upon the obverse device and rim Lustrous and desirable Far better than the recently sold Donlon lot and several others Ex Mehl The perfect date also though very rarely comes with close 5D not known so to Clapp or Newcomer Cf W G C 353 Melish 1916 368 1809 8 C 1 Rarity 2 Very Fine plus and a very attractive coin for the grade Faint adjustment marks a trifling rim nick at the bottom of the obverse Valued to 60 Same source as the last two Clapp and Newcomer knew only this variety The perfect date coins e g W G C 356 may be from the same obverse die now worn down We have never seen one from un equivocally different


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